- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) - Olive Branch aldermen have voted to begin proceedings to annex three parcels of property totaling about 330 acres in the Polk Lane corridor.

The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday without discussion to extend the city’s boundaries to the parcels that lie vacant along Olive Branch’s eastern edge.

The annexation plan is part of the story of an evolving small, rural town that in 2011 was identified as the fastest-growing city in America. One of the parcels was part of property held by the same family for 100 years.

Mayor Scott Phillips tells The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1yXVAbn ) he annexation would advance economic development. Two of the parcels lie along Polk Lane, a spot busy in recent years with new footprints like the Helen of Troy distribution center.

According to city officials, it is a friendly annexation. All the property owners involved asked to be annexed. Annexation areas would receive city services.

But Chancery Court will hear from anyone who might support or oppose the annexation. Officials would not speculate exactly how long the process might take.

The annexation is unlike the one attempted by the city in 2007 for approximately 15 square miles. The city dropped that annexation in 2010, citing a slowed economy following the recession.

Brian Dye, city attorney, said if the annexation is approved, a redistricting would have to follow. The closest ward is that of Mark Aldridge of Ward 5.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com


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